When you live somewhere for awhile, it’s easy to get into a routine and to stop exploring all of the great places located at your fingertips…the beaches, trails, kid friendly activities, and restaurants. This month, I want to highlight a few of my favorite things to do on Bainbridge Island. Wether you already live on Bainbridge or are thinking of moving here, you can choose your own adventure…
Day 1: Head North for bakeries, beaches and baby chicks…oh my!
Get your morning started right with breakfast in Winslow: Just a few blocks from the ferry dock in Winslow, you can eat your eggs and hash browns in an actual railroad car, the Madison Diner. Or skip a sit-down meal and grab croissants and Danishes from Blackbird Bakery to fuel a walk on the waterfront. If it’s a sunny day, stop at city dock to rent a kayak from Exotic Aquatics.
A picnic for lunch?! Think ahead and pick up some goodies at the Town & Country Market before you begin your island adventures. On the way out of town, make a play stop at Owen’s Playground, an awesome playground with a hand-cranked water pump, boulder scramble and adaptive swings.
Now, it’s time to head to the beach at Fay Bainbridge: Head north for beach play and a picnic at this lovely shoreline park. Fay Bainbridge has everything a family could love, including a driftwood-strewn beach forts and a small playground. If you are lucky, you may get to watch kite-boarders, have a sighting of a sea lion or even an orca.
Next up…Rolling Bay: You won’t find the little-bit-of-everything farm store Bay Hay & Feed — located in tiny Rolling Bay just a few miles south of Fay Bainbridge on tourist maps, but that’s its charm. Stock up on rain gear, spring plants, pet supplies and locally sourced farm goods while your kids shop for penny candy and take a ride on the antique pony for 25 cents. Visiting the fuzzy baby chicks or ducks is the cherry on top.
Just across the street is your early-dinner destination, Via Rosa 11, an authentic Italian restaurant serving freshly made pastas, meatballs, pizzas and soups. If ice cream is an essential part of your family’s escape plan (it is for mine), meander back to Winslow for a dish of dulce de leche ice cream at Mora Iced Creamery. After all of that, I am tuckered and everyone is ready for some much needed rest before we head out again tomorrow.
Day 2: Stay tuned…it’s coming soon